Dispersal link to HIV rate disputed

    The government has challenged new research warning that the
    dispersal of asylum seekers could increase transmission of
    HIV.

    The study, reported in the British Medical Journal, is
    based on the responses of the lead doctors in 56 of the 75 sexual
    health clinics in England that treat patients with HIV. Nineteen
    doctors had experienced patients being dispersed away from their
    centre, against medical advice.

    It also often found that medical details were not
    transferred.

    However, the Home Office said there was no evidence that the
    dispersal of asylum seekers had any effect on rates of HIV
    transmission.

    A spokesperson said medical considerations were taken into account
    when assessing asylum seekers’ suitability for dispersal, adding
    that those with HIV or Aids were moved only to areas where suitable
    treatment was available.

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